As someone who has experienced the joys of renovating their office, we know the one question that always pops up: what do we do with all the old furniture? Sure, it’s exciting to bring in new tables, desks, and chairs, but it’s also important to make sure we properly dispose of the items we no longer need. After all, we can’t just leave old conference tables at the front door, right?
But don’t worry, we’ve got good news for you! Disposing of old office furniture and equipment doesn’t have to be a hassle. With some planning, you can ensure a smooth and stress-free experience for you and your team.
In this article, we are going to share our insights and the easiest way to get rid of old furniture in the office. Plus, we’ll show you how to make this seemingly boring task into something useful and even enjoyable. Let’s dive in!
Do an inventory of the furniture in the office
It’s normal to find yourself overwhelmed with tasks when it’s time to move your office or do a complete renovation. In either case, one of the biggest logistical problems is what exactly to do with the old office furniture and equipment. This can be especially true if you don’t want to pay exorbitant amounts to get rid of old items.
The first step before a Big Move (TM) is to take a detailed inventory of what you don’t want to leave behind. Our advice is to include absolutely everything, from outdated accessories such as worn-out cable ducts to larger items of office equipment.
The more accurate your inventory is, the better off you’ll be later when it’s time to say goodbye to your old furniture.
To create and save the inventory as efficiently as possible, it is best to delegate this task to another person. This advice is especially valuable for larger office spaces, and for those on several floors it becomes mandatory. In such cases, designate one person to be in charge of each floor in your building. Then, choose someone to combine all the lists together into a spreadsheet. This way you ensure that no useless appliance is dropped.
Once you’ve taken a complete furniture inventory, you’re ready to take the next step.
Offer the old furniture to your employees
Don’t neglect your employees when it comes to disposing of your company’s old office furniture. Before you jump into sales, consider selling your old furniture to your employees at a good discount. Of course, the office furniture that you offer to the people who work for you must be in good condition. No one will want to buy a chair without legs and a broken back – quite a few people would take it as an insult.
Ask people in the office if they need furniture at their place. For example, some employees may like their office chairs and be willing to pay to take one home. This would save them the cost of buying a new one. Others could use a filing cabinet or desk for a home office or study.
Don’t overlook the people in the office – they are the ones who work side by side with you and breathe life into the space. Offering the old office furniture to them first shows your respect for their efforts.
While doing this, just make sure you update your inventory list. This way, you will know which old appliances and accessories remain on your disposal list. This way you will have an up-to-date product inventory that you can use for further sales.
Use online platforms to sell your old furniture
Once you’ve outfitted some of your employees, it’s time to focus on the furniture that no one in the office wants. These are very often bulky office tables, too high ergonomic chairs, outdated accessories, etc. Fortunately for everyone, the internet offers many online platforms that you can use to sell old office equipment.
At this point, your inventory list should be updated so that you can upload an accurate list of products. You can use the services of Bulgarian classifieds platforms such as OLX, Bazar and many others. Registering with them is easy and you can offer your products in no time.
Even if there are items in your old gear inventory that don’t look good – post them too. The office table may be worn and covered with scratches; ergonomic chairs may have non-working functions and look like relics from the Balkan War; the monitor stands may not rotate all the way – nothing should stop you.
The Internet is a vast market. You never know who might see your old office furniture and think they’ve found the perfect desk for their country cottage. The only mandatory condition is that you explicitly describe all the affects and the true condition of the products you sell.
If you don’t want to use online platforms, or the furniture doesn’t sell well there, turn to brick-and-mortar retailers. There are enough second-hand furniture stores in Bulgaria.
Consider donating your old office furniture
Sometimes you don’t have to sell off all the gear you don’t need. Selling is far from the only way you can get rid of unusable furniture. Charity is something we should never forget – donating old furniture is one of the most fulfilling ways to part with old furniture.
With just a few Google searches, you can find many homes, retirement clubs, schools, kindergartens that would welcome your office, tables, chairs and desks with open arms.
Of course, before donating anything, contact the location you’ve chosen to donate. Discuss what they need and don’t need. Provide measurements and technical specifications of the equipment you wish to donate. In this way, people will be able to judge which office furniture they can use as best as possible.
Find out if there is an option for handing over the old furniture for secondary raw materials
Another option you can use to get rid of your old office furniture is to recycle it. Yes, not every outlet will accept any office equipment. On the other hand, there’s nothing stopping you from asking around and you’ve just found the right place.
You may find certain outlets that would accept sofas, tables and desks, but only if they are over certain dimensions. Other points can accept furniture only if it is made of certain materials. Don’t count on finding this information on the internet (nor that recycling or scrap yards have sites). Look for a phone or on-site contact to find out if you’ll end up ditching that pesky conference table that doesn’t look like anything.
In the end...
This concludes today’s article on old office furniture. We hope we were able to provide useful information for you to use when needed. Moving old office equipment is not an easy task, especially when it comes to many and bulky tables, sofas, chairs and accessories.
The most important thing is to carefully consider what you need to get rid of and how to do it. There is some office furniture that you can safely sell as second-hand furniture. On the other hand, some old office chairs would make a great donation. Whatever you decide, rest assured that with a little patience and persistence, anything is possible!